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What’s on in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 01:00 01 June 2016

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A round up of events in and around Yorkshire during June

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

June 1st-5th
Eboracum Roman Festival
The Romans are back in York, sort of. The Eboracum Roman Festival, in the York Museum Gardens, features fighting displays and children’s army drills from members of six Roman Legions and a Roman camp showing domestic Roman life and stalls. More than 50 Romans will march through the streets of York on Saturday and Sunday mornings (presumably to protest about the exorbitant charges to park their chariots in the city’s car parks) plus there’s a series of guided walks and talks from leading experts.
Museum Gardens and various venues, York yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

June 7th– June 12th 
Little Feet Festival
A good way to introduce children (up to 12 years) to the theatre, with food, craft activities, workshops, interactive experiences, performances and a play area in the foyer. 
York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

June 10th-15th 
Sheffield Doc/Fest
Michael Moore has always been a politically-charged documentary-maker on a mission to challenge the American status quo: think of his films Roger & Me (a dig at big business); Bowling for Columbine (a tirade against guns and the US gun lobby); and Fahrenheit 9/11 (a swipe at the presidency and legacy of George W Bush). Moore comes to Sheffield to open the Sheffield Doc/Fest — now one of the world’s leading documentary festivals — which also features his latest movie, Where to Invade Next. Also on the bill are Joanna Lumley and Ronnie O’Sullivan in conversation (but not with each other, you understand); an intriguing film about a journey through Scottish culture with Aidan Moffat (formerly of Arab Strap) and an event called Our BBC, Our Channel 4: A Future for Public Service Television? with a panel that includes Lord Puttnam and Patrick Holland, the BBC’s head of documentaries.
Various venues, Sheffield 0114 276 5141 sheffdocfest.com

June 12th
Bridlington Old Town 1940s Summer Festival
Bridlington featured in a big movie release recently albeit doubling for the fictional south coast town of Walmington-on-Sea in the so-so all-star re-tread of Dad’s Army. So it’s very apt that its Old Town Summer Festival has a 1940s vibe: there are vintage songs from Lola Lamour, close harmonies from retro trio The Garnett Sisters and entertainment from the George Formby Experience (turned out nice again), plus homemade and specialist food, over 60 market stalls, and a NAAFI Cafe.
Bridlington  bridlingtonoldtown.com

June 16th–July 3rd
Yorkshire Festival
Back in 2014, when Yorkshire was hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire launched the Yorkshire Festival, a county-wide celebration of arts and culture. Now it’s become a biennial event with hundreds of performances taking part under the festival banner — some of which we’ve flagged up on these pages. Expect everything from The Nile Project (a concert featuring musicians from across the Nile River Basin) at the Bradford Alhambra (June 18th ) and an exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s paintings at The Hepworth in Wakefield (June 24th–July 3rd), to talking statues in Leeds city centre and a triple bill from Phoenix Dance at York Theatre Royal (June 16th & 17th). For a full run down of what’s happening near you, visit the website.
Various venues  festival.yorkshire.com

June 16th-July 2nd
Grassington Festival
Grassington used to be a neatly contained festival in a ridiculously idyllic Yorkshire Dales setting. Now it’s rather more sprawling (but no less enjoyable — and still ridiculously idyllic), and even has a fringe event. On the bill are soulful Scots poppers Hue and Cry, a performance of Handel’s Messiah, the phenomenal Ruby Turner, the Bootleg Beatles, Snake Davis, Marc Almond, Toyah, The Stranglers and comedians Shappi Khorsandi, Rich Hall and Rob Beckett. There’s a food element to it all, too, with the Festival in the Square cookery demo tent and lots more besides. You really should check out the website...
Various venues 01756 752691 grassington-festival.org.uk

June 16th–July 3rd
Yorkshire Festival
Back in 2014, when Yorkshire was hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, Welcome to Yorkshire launched the Yorkshire Festival, a county-wide celebration of arts and culture. Now it’s become a biennial event with hundreds of performances taking part under the festival banner — some of which we’ve flagged up on these pages. Expect everything from The Nile Project (a concert featuring musicians from across the Nile River Basin) at the Bradford Alhambra (June 18th ) and an exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s paintings at The Hepworth in Wakefield (June 24th–July 3rd), to talking statues in Leeds city centre and a triple bill from Phoenix Dance at York Theatre Royal (June 16th & 17th). For a full run down of what’s happening near you, visit the website.
Various venues  festival.yorkshire.com

June 17th-26th 
Holmfirth Arts Festival
This year’s festival has a distinctly circus theme. Holmfirth’s annual multi-arts event presents a fresh take on the town, its history and its communities through newly commissioned work, theatre, spoken word, comedy, music, community and participatory projects. Poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and musician Luke Carver Goss perform a song cycle about Holmfirth’s infamous tame tiger Fenella. Yorkshire Dance will be out on the streets, bringing you ‘random acts of kindness’ plus there’s an opportunity to join a vibrant street party and ‘Creature Carnival’. This year’s collaboration with Yorkshire Festival includes a free programme of intriguing outdoor performances including Stefano di Renzo’s wordless balancing act, ‘Hold On’, complete with whirling buckets, catapulting planks and flying cups. There is much more than we can list here so go to the website.
Holmfirth, various venues holmfirthartsfestival.com

June 19th 
Rob Cowen at the Ryedale Book Festival
Ryedale Book Festival and North York Moors National Park are giving audiences the chance to meet award-winning journalist and nature writer Rob Cowen at Danby Visitor Centre near Whitby.
Blurring the boundaries of memoir, natural history and novel, his book Common Ground offers nothing less than an enthralling new way of writing about nature and our experiences within it.
Startlingly personal and poetic, this is a unique portrait of the nature all around us and inside of us. Come and meet Rob and listen to him talk about his work in the heart of the North York Moors.
Find out more on the Ryedale Book Festival website: www.ryedalebookfestival.com 

June 24th-July 3rd 
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
Want a good reason to go to this year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival? Well, here’s one: the excellent Saint Etienne (26-years-old and still going strong and led by the magnificent Sarah Cracknell) are appearing. Here’s another: a play from theatre company tutti fruitti and writer Evan Placey called Wild (and appearing as part of the Yorkshire Festival), about a boy lost in his own imagination and attempting to fit into the world around him.
Hebden Bridge, various venues hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

 

OPERA

June 4th
Don Giovanni
This is a production of Mozart’s sombre late-period masterpiece from English Touring Opera, with George von Bergen/Nicholas Lester in the title role.
York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

 

THEATRE

June 15th-July 9th
Barnbow Canaries
Barnbow was a World War One munitions factory in Crossgates, Leeds where 35 people were killed during 1916 in a violent explosion (the biggest lost of life ever suffered in the city). This new play from ex-Chumbawamba star Alice Nutter is about the women who worked and died at Barnbow.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk

June 17th-25th
The Government Inspector
Nikolai Gogol’s wickedly funny satire, set in imperial Russia, about a dodgy mayor trying to cover his corrupt tracks when he discovers that a Government inspector is coming to investigate his town. Obviously, this kind of thing could never happen in real life; shown as part of the Yorkshire Festival.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

MUSICALS

June 2nd-25th
Into the Woods
Stephen Sondheim’s dark fairytale musical got the Hollywood treatment in a 2014 film blockbuster starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Emily Blunt so it’s certainly on more people’s radar now. This co-production between the WYP and Opera North features the singers of Opera North and direction from the playhouse’s artistic director, James Brining. Part of the Yorkshire Festival.
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700 wyp.org.uk

June 20th–July 2nd
Cats
Here’s a confession: I’ve never seen Cats, the world-conquering Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, mainly because a friend of mine once told me that in some productions the actors come down into the audience, perch themselves on the seats and look at you while purring and cleaning themselves. Frankly, I can stay at home if I want to see a cat do that. Still, even if, like me, you’ve never seen it, you’ll somehow know the music which includes Mr. Mistoffelees, The Jellicle Ball and, all together now, Memory.
The Grand, Leeds 0844 848 2700 leedsgrandtheatre.com

June 29th-July 17th 
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ian Fleming’s flying car chugs back to Yorkshire and lands in Sheffield with Lee Mead as Caractacus Potts, Michelle Collins as Baroness Bomburst and Shaun Williamson (aka Barry from EastEnders) as Baron Bomburst. If you hide behind your chair when the child-catcher comes on, you may miss some of the songs which include (as if you need me to remind you) the title track, Toot Sweets, Hushabye Mountain and the show-stopping Me Ol’ Bamboo. 
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

June 12th
Absolutely Adventurous: Joanna Lumley in Conversation
Everyone is called ‘a national treasure’ these days, but the former model, New Avengers high-kicker and Ab Fab star is the real deal; an intelligent and witty raconteur, who should have a swollen head the size of Pluto, but who is, in fact, charmingly self-deprecating. I could go on, but you get the idea. You almost certainly won’t get a ticket if you haven’t already got one. It sold out some time ago. It’s an event that’s running as part of the Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

 

CONCERTS

June 9th
Van Morrison
To kick off Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th year, Van Morrison — does he ever stop smiling — is playing a special concert in Harrogate. I’d say you should go expecting all the hits, you know, Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, Precious Time, etc but, famously, Van the Man is a bit of a law unto himself when it comes to live shows and will usually sing whatever he damn well pleases. And that might include some — or none — of the above.
Harrogate International Centre 01423 562303 harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

June 11th 
Barry Manilow: One Last Time
It’s easy to laugh at Barry Manilow. No, really it is, you should try it some time. For example, Clive James once memorably likened Manilow’s hair to ‘a tea cosy woven from carrot peelings’. Then there are Barry’s lyrics; he once inadvisably rhymed ‘Bermuda Triangle’ with ‘my angle’. 
But just as you tell yourself that Manilow is cheesier than a large serving of stilton, you start reading some incredible statistics about the man, and the laughter dies on your lips. He has sold 80 million records, enjoyed head-spinning chart success that’s only been equalled by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, and he’s won various Emmys, Tonys and Grammys, too. So who’s laughing now? Barry, that’s who... all the way to the bank. And here he is, in concert, he says, for One Last Time. Will he do Copacabana? What do you think? 
First Direct Arena, Leeds 0844 248 1585 firstdirectarena.com

June 18th
Clare Teal and Her Trio Celebrate Doris Day
Two wholesome girls for the price of one: Yorkshire’s very own first lady of jazz sings the songs of Hollywood’s platinum blonde musical superstar, Doris Day. The Deadwood Stage will almost certainly be coming over the hill. Clare also plays a non-Doris show at Wakefield Cathedral with her Trio on June 3rd.
York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

June 18th
Back to Bacharach
If Burt Bacharach had only ever written I Say A Little Prayer for You, he’d have reason to feel pleased with himself. But Burt — one of the most prolific songwriters in musical history who usually wrote with late, great lyricist, Hal David — had talent to burn and songs pouring out of him so he also gave the world Alfie, Anyone Who Had A Heart, Arthur’s Theme, Magic Moments, Always Something There To Remind Me, I Just Don’t Know What To Do with Myself, The Look of Love, Close To You, Walk On By, What’s New Pussycat?, 24 Hours from Tulsa, and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head among many, many others. Here, West End singers accompanied by a live 10-piece band recreate his biggest hits. Which is pretty much anything he ever wrote.
Civic Theatre, Rotherham 01709 823621 rotherhamtheatres.co.uk

June 22nd
Lionel Richie
Did you see Lionel Richie play Glastonbury last year? He was in the Sunday afternoon old-timers’ slot but he easily out-did the main headliners and drew an appreciative crowd that stretched as far as the eye could see. Maybe that’s why he’s decided to come to the UK on tour; he knows he’s going to get a warm welcome and a big audience. Apart from playing all his hits, he’s got another treat in store for fans: his support act is Grammy-winning Leeds-born superstar Corinne Bailey Rae, who is back with a new album.
Sheffield Arena 0114 256 5656 sheffieldarena.co.uk

 

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